Lost Once Upon A Time
by Ashley Binion
I was, and still am, a huge Lost fan. There is a gaping Lost-shaped hole that it’s left in its wake, and so far, nothing has really filled it. When I saw a commercial for Once Upon A Time, and it declared the show was created by Lost writers, I was looking forward to checking it out. From the very first episode, it hasn’t disappointed.
For those who haven’t seen Once, here’s a short summary: The evil queen, Regina, cursed Fairytale Land into our world. As a result, its inhabitants are stripped of their happy endings and unable to remember who they are. Snow White thinks she is a school teacher named Mary Margaret, and her daughter, Emma, is the only one who can break the curse. Of course, she is unwilling to accept that she is the savior of the fairytale characters. I commend the writers for following the hero’s journey archetype.
At times, it can be a little predictable, but there are twists and turns in the story that the viewer might not see coming. The central themes on the show center around hope and love, which can become somewhat cheesy. Traditional princesses are often portrayed as damsels in distress and need a prince to come save them, but in Once Upon a Time, all of the female characters are the complete opposite, strong and independent women.
Once follows the same structure of Lost. Each week, a specific character is focused on, and over the course of the episode, there are flashbacks that serve as a main component to the overarching mythology and story arc. One of my favorite parts of the show is looking for Lost Easter eggs: Regina’s house number is 108; Apollo bars and MacCutcheon Whiskey have popped up; In the pilot, the clock tower is stuck on 8:15; and a plane with the Oceanic Airlines logo flew overhead in “The Stranger.”
However, my favorite Easter egg has to be in “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” when Emma is driving her yellow bug and runs into a traffic sign which had the numbers 4 and 23. The route 4 (Locke’s number) had an arrow facing one way, and route 23 (Jack’s number) had an arrow facing the opposite direction, showing how both Locke and Jack were going completely different directions throughout the show–one a man of faith, and one a man of science. It was so subtle, yet so so brilliant.
At this year’s Comic-Con, it was revealed that Mulan, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk), and Captain Hook will be arriving in Storybrooke; The identity of Henry’s dad and Dr. Whale’s fairytale identity will be uncovered, and it was hinted that we will find out what happened to Rumple’s son, Bae.
Once Upon a Time is a smart and unconventional look into fairytales with a modern twist.
Season one of Once Upon a Time was released in stores today, and season two premieres Sunday, September 30 at 8/7c on ABC.